Andrew Cowan (writer)

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Andrew Cowan at the University of East Anglia

Andrew Cowan (born 1960) is an English novelist and Director of the Creative Writing programme at the University of East Anglia.


Andrew Cowan was born in Corby, Northamptonshire, in 1960 and educated at Beanfield Comprehensive and the University of East Anglia (UEA). He is the Director of the Creative Writing programme at UEA,[1] from which he graduated in 1985.

His first novel, "Pig" (1994), won a Betty Trask Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award, and was shortlisted for five other literary awards. "Common Ground" (1996) and "Crustaceans" (2000) both received Arts Council bursaries. "What I Know" was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award and was published in 2005. His creative writing guidebook, "The Art of Writing Fiction", was published in 2011. His fifth novel, "Worthless Men", was published in 2013.

Previously a long-standing tutor for the Arvon Foundation, he was for three years the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at UEA.[2] He was appointed to the faculty in 2004 and currently teaches and lectures at undergraduate and MA level, and supervises a number of PhD students.[3] In 2011 he wrote UEA’s successful submission to the ‘Diamond Jubilee’ Round of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, and was promoted to a Chair in 2012. He is on the board of the National Academy of Writing,[4] and on the advisory board of the writers-into-schools charity First Story.[5]


  1. ^ "Creative Writing - UEA". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Cowan". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Professor Andrew Cowan - UEA". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  4. ^ "National Academy of Writing - About Us". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  5. ^ "First Story | Changing lives through writing". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 

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